AFDF Announces Oregon Seafoods is Winner Of the Seattle People’s Choice
Oregon Seafoods with its SeaFare Pacific Salmon Chowder
As part of the Alaska Symphony of Seafood's January 25 Seattle Open House, the Seattle People’s Choice award went to Oregon Seafoods for its SeaFare Pacific Salmon Chowder.
WRANGELL, Alaska (Monday, January 30th) — Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) held the Seattle Open House on January 25th as a part of the Alaska Symphony of Seafood. At this event, guests were asked to try all the new products entered and vote on their favorite. The votes were tallied and the winner is crowned the Seattle People’s Choice. The winner this year was Oregon Seafoods with its SeaFare Pacific Salmon Chowder.
“Everybody at Oregon Seafoods is excited and appreciates winning the Seattle People’s Choice at the Alaska Symphony of Seafood. We have chosen to use only the best ingredients for our Smoked Salmon Chowder which includes Wild Caught Alaskan Sockeye Salmon,” stated Mike Babcock, Founder of Oregon Seafoods. “We have a commitment to add value to US caught seafood and provide a way for consumers to add heart healthy fish to their diet.”
“It was a close contest this year. The competition was strong from Coppa with the company’s Candied Salmon Ice Cream coming in second by only one vote”, commented Julie Decker, Executive Director of AFDF.
Also on January 25th, AFDF held the professional judging for the Alaska Symphony of Seafood. Each product was grouped into one of four categories: Retail, Foodservice, Beyond the Plate, and Beyond the Egg. The results of the judging will be kept confidential until February 22nd, when they will be announced at the Legislative Reception and Award Ceremony in Juneau. At that time, the Juneau People’s Choice will also be announced. First place winners from each category receive complimentary booth space at Seafood Expo North America, the industry’s biggest event of the year, held in Boston in March, as well as free airfare to and from the show provided by Alaska Airlines.
Thanks to our Sponsors
The sponsors deserve special recognition, because these forward-thinkers understand that “a rising tide floats all boats”. A full list of the sponsors is available on AFDF’s website and on other promotional materials at each event. AFDF would like to thank the major sponsors of the 2017 event: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), Alaska Air Cargo, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Community Development Association (APICDA), At-Sea Processors Association (APA), Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation (BBEDC), Kwik’Pak Fisheries, Marel, Northwest Fisheries Association (NWFA), Trident Seafoods, UniSea, and United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA).
About the Alaska Symphony of Seafood
Since 1993, Alaska Symphony of Seafood has celebrated creative and innovative ideas in the seafood industry, bringing together a host of new products before a panel of judges and the public. This competition was created by AFDF to promote new product development for seafood harvested in Alaskan waters by encouraging participation and sponsorship from a wide variety of companies and organizations that together, are building the future of the Alaska seafood industry. For more information, visit www.afdf.org/symphony-of-seafood/
About the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation
Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) is a private, non-profit organization created in 1978 for the purpose of further developing Alaska's seafood industry by utilizing a broad perspective of seafood harvesters, processors and support sector businesses. Since its inception, AFDF has been dedicated to identifying problems common to the Alaska seafood industry and developing efficient, sustainable solutions that provide benefits to the economy, environment and communities. For more information, visit www.afdf.org